Saturday, April 18, 2009

Michael Jackson auction

April 15, 2009

Michael Jackson made a last-minute settlement with American company Julien’s Auctions to stop memorabilia going under the hammer. But the possessions, including these gates from Neverland Ranch, remain on display in an exhibition in Beverly Hills (Matt Sayles/AP)

Gates of Neverland Ranch are seen in front Julien's Auctions Michael Jackson exhibit in Beverly Hills, California
Michael Jackson's gloves are seen on display

Jewel-encrusted gloves, including the famous white number worn in the Billie Jean music video, are among the memorabilia, estimated to be worth a total of $10 million (£7 million) (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Items belonging to US pop star Michael Jackson on display in Los Angeles

All of the memorablia comes from the pop star’s former eccentric residence, Neverland Ranch. He abandoned the property and became a recluse after his 2005 child molestation trial. He was acquitted (Paul Buck/EPA)

Michael Jackson's military jackets are seen on display
A series of the Thriller singer’s trade-mark military-style costumes are on display. At the height of his fame, he frequently chose them as his stage-wear
(Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)
A 1911 Grosset and Dunlap edition of "Peter Pan: The Story of Peter and Wendy," by J.M.Barrie

Jackson has often been compared to Peter Pan - the boy who never grew up. He owns a 1911 Grosset and Dunlap edition of the famous J.M.Barrie book, with embossed cover and scenes from the photoplay featuring Betty Bronson (Shaan Kokin/Julien's Auctions/AP)

A statue of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs owned by Michael Jackson

Jackson’s love of Disney characters is apparent in the many statues and ornaments on display (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson's items, including statues of Marilyn Monroe and Superman

Jackson, once known for his epic shopping sessions, owns statues of Superman and Marilyn Monroe (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

A statue owned by Michael Jackson is seen on display in Beverly Hills, California

While Jackson abandoned Neverland, and the possessions within it, to live abroad in 2005, he finally lost possession of it last year, after defaulting on a large loan (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson's statues are seen on display

Jackson, who turned Neverland into a child’s ultimate playground, has been in financial difficulties since his career slumped following his child molestation trial (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

A Michael Jackson's Thai military uniform is seen on display in Beverly Hills, California

The singer, who will retake possession of this Thai military uniform and his other property following the exhibition, recently announced a series of comeback concerts at London’s O2
(Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson's wax figure
Jackson, depicted here in wax, will be hoping his O2 run will pay off some of his estimated £100 million of debts
(Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)
An oil on canvas portrait of Michael Jackson dressed as king, signed and dated 1995 by Norman Oak

This 1995 painting by Norman Oak was one of many lavish depictions of Jackson found at Neverland (Shaan Kokin/Julien's Auctions/AP)

Items belonging to US pop star Michael Jackson

A bust of Jackson, in his trade-mark sun glasses and military-style jacket, was destined to go under the hammer before the King of Pop managed the last-minute settlement
(Paul Buck/EPA)
A basketball inscribed to Michael Jackson from basketball star Michael Jordan

A basketball inscribed by Michael Jordan was expected to be a hot lot for sports fans before the auction was cancelled (Shaan Kokin/Julien's Auctions/AP)

A Michael Jackson's MTV award statue
Jackson was an award magnet during his heyday in the Eighties and Nineties. An MTV gong can be seen at the exhibition
(Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

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